Nadia Comaneci heads judges line-up on BBC One's Tumble

The celebrities are going to be put through a fitness, gymnastic and acrobatic training regime that's like nothing they'll ever have experienced, and I can't wait to see the results!Nadia Comaneci
Date: 28.05.2014     Last updated: 29.05.2014 at 11.49
Nadia Comaneci, Louis Smith, Craig Heap and Sebastien Stella have today been announced as the judges for BBC One’s new Saturday night entertainment show, Tumble (working title).

The One Show’s Alex Jones is master of ceremonies, overseeing show-stopping performances based on gymnastic skills and performed by 10 celebrities. This new, live six-part television show kicks off in the summer.

World-renowned Olympic gymnastics legend Nadia Comaneci will act as Head Judge and is joined by London 2012 hero and Strictly Come Dancing champion Louis Smith, MBE. Completing the formidable panel are former Team GB gymnastics captain turned sports broadcaster Craig Heap and world-renowned cirque artist/aerial performer Sebastien Stella.

Nadia, famously the first-ever female gymnast to score a perfect 10 in an Olympic competition, says: "I know what it's like to strive for that perfect 10! Your heart is pounding and your palms are sweaty, but when you step out onto that floor, or mount the bars or beam, you have to perform like your life depends on it. The celebrities are going to be put through a fitness, gymnastic and acrobatic training regime that's like nothing they'll ever have experienced, and I can't wait to see the results!"

Multi-Olympic, World and European medal-winning gymnast Louis Smith offered up these words for the intrepid celebrities: "When you commit to something you've got to do it because you want to win. It's got to take over your life, your every waking moment. I also know how scary it is to be on a live Saturday night entertainment show, so I'll definitely have a bit of empathy with the celebs on that!"

Presenter Alex Jones says: “I am thrilled to be hosting this exciting new show, which is sure to offer jaw-dropping stunts and a visual spectacle. No-one has told me yet whether I will be required to don a leotard or master the balance beams, but I am willing to give it a go. If this year has taught me anything, it is that no challenge is too great or too high!”

Executive Producer, Rachel Arnold, says: “This is gymnastics but not as you know it. We’re creating something genuinely new and exciting for viewers: breathtaking performances and heart-stopping drama. Our celebrities will wow us with spectacular routines that combine gymnastic and aerial disciplines, for the first time on British television.”

Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One and Commissioning Editor, says: “It's an exciting line-up for our new Saturday night show with Alex Jones hosting alongside our brilliant new judges. Between them, they’ll bring great style, flair and expertise. Our celebrities will be pushed to new physical limits - bringing gymnastics to Saturday nights like you've never seen before.”

With the full backing of British Gymnastics and The National Centre for Circus Arts, the renowned coaches are ready to turn 10 of the nation’s favourite celebrities into Saturday night sensations who‘ll face a multitude of disciplines, including tumbling, double trapeze, acrobatic gymnastics and trampolining.

Announcements for the 10 celebrities taking part in the show will be made in the coming weeks.

The show will feature showcase performances from the very best in the world of British gymnastics and circus performers, including Olympians Louis Smith and Beth Tweddle MBE, like you’ve never seen them before. Beth, Britain’s greatest-ever female gymnast will also feature as a mentor on the series.

Notes to Editors

Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One and Mark Linsey, Controller of BBC Entertainment Commissioning announced the commission in October 2013. The show was announced at the time under the working title of Let’s Get Ready To Tumble. The Executive Producers are Rachel Arnold and Cat Lawson and the Series Editor is Andrew Cartmell.

Nadia Comaneci was the first-ever female gymnast to be awarded a perfect score of 10 in an Olympic Gymnastic event. She won three gold medals at the 1976 Summer Olympics, two gold medals at the 1980 Summer Olympics and three consecutive European Championship titles in 1975, 1977 and 1979.

British gymnast and national treasure Louis Smith is an artistic gymnast who specialises in the pommel horse. He won a silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. That same year, Louis went on to win the 10th series of Strictly Come Dancing alongside professional dancer Flavia Cacace.

Sebastien Stella is a French choreographer and director. He is best known for creating aerial performance routines and performing with the likes of singers Pink and Katy Perry. He also devised the circus choreography for the 2010 film Water For Elephants.

Gymnast and sports broadcaster Craig Heap was the first person to captain the Men’s England team to gold in Artistic Gymnastics in the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur. He repeated this success at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester when the England Team again took the gold, and also represented Great Britain in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Alex Jones is a television presenter who has co-presented the BBC One magazine show The One Show since August 2010, with Matt Baker and Chris Evans.

Mitch Fenner, the voice of BBC Sport’s gymnastics coverage, will provide commentary throughout the show.

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LA-based French choreographer, director and performer Sebastien Stella will be looking to be wowed by the technique, style and charisma of the celebrities. “Whenever I performed, trained or created aerial performances for stars like P!nk, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Cher or Reese Witherspoon, I expected a performance full of amazing moves and passion. I expect the same dedication from our star cast as if I was auditioning them for a show! It's gonna be a lot of fun!”

Commonwealth Games Gold medal-winning gymnast Craig Heap is excited by the thought of the celebrities getting stuck in: “Those celebrities better be prepared to train hard because the judges have pretty high standards and we are ready to be entertained. We can’t wait to show the world a totally different side to gymnastics. Expect the unexpected!”

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